Issue 47, Jun 2022

Reprovisioned Fu Shan Public Mortuary Meets Community Needs and Takes the Application of Advanced Construction Technologies to New Levels

富山公眾殮房重置完成 應用先進科技滿足社會需求


ATAL has completed the Fu Shan Public Mortuary (FSPM) reprovisioning project, the Government’s pilot project for the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from design through construction. The new five-storey FSPM building located in Tai Wai, adjacent to the Po Fook Memorial Hall, will feature digitalised services and replace the existing FSPM to become the largest public mortuary building in Hong Kong upon its full commissioning. As the existing FSPM has been running for over three decades and is operating beyond its planned capacity, a new facility is necessary to cope with ever increasing demand.

ATAL provided comprehensive electrical and mechanical (E&M) support in building services, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical system, fire services, plumbing and drainage, extra-low voltage (ELV) and lift installation. Always at the forefront when it comes to adopting advanced technologies, ATAL not only applied BIM, but also voluntarily proposed the application of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Multi-Trade Integrated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MiMEP) to further enhance installation progress, project management and construction efficiency. This was accepted by our client, the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD).

Ir Victor Law, Managing Director of ATAL Engineering Group, said, “The successful completion of the FSPM reprovisioning project is testimony to our MiMEP capabilities in a building with high standards in infection control and occupational and health requirements. We are pleased to help address society’s need for additional body storage spaces during the pandemic.”

With a construction area of 18,526 square metres, the new FSPM has eight cold rooms with a total body storage capacity of over 800, eight autopsy suites, and other functional utilities including laboratories, X-ray rooms, waiting halls and offices. Various new technologies such as DfMA and MiMEP have been adopted for the design and installation of the new plant rooms and common corridors, digitalisation for testing and commissioning, and BIM for Asset Management (BIM-AM) for facility management.

To meet the sudden surge in demand for storage spaces due to the fifth wave of the pandemic in early 2022, the handing over of the first phase of the new FSPM storage facilities was advanced to late March, making available 500 out of its total of over 800 spaces.

The highly complex FSPM reprovisioning project provided ATAL the opportunity to put into practice the full BIM lifecycle, bringing productivity, cost control, quality and safety to the next level. ATAL was delighted to share its DfMA experiences at the ArchSD Academy, and participated in the Construction Industry Council’s DfMA-MiMEP Tradeshow last year to promote the technologies. The efforts of this reprovisioning project were also recognised in “Autodesk Hong Kong BIM Awards 2021”.

“We are glad to see the FSPM project winning the “Autodesk Hong Kong BIM Awards 2021” for ArchSD, adopting BIM in the full lifecycle also helped our client rebrand public mortuary facilities through service digitalisation in a modern, high-quality setting,” Ir Law added.

With “New Technology” as a key element in ATAL’s growth strategy, the Group will continue to adopt and refine MiMEP and other technologies in future projects and further raise the bar for the industry.

ATAL adopted BIM, DfMA and MiMEP technologies to address society’s needs in the Fu Shan Public Mortuary reprovisioning project